Audrey Wilson, ‘Bleach Wash’, 2016, Alida Anderson Art Projects

Context Art Miami 2016

The cosmetic use of chemical agents to lighten the complexion of one’s skin is currently a widespread global phenomenon. While the history of skin bleaching can be traced to the Elizabethan age of powder and paint, in its current manifestations, skin bleaching is practiced disproportionately within communities “of color” and exceedingly among people of African descent. The dark skinned vs. light skinned debate has stemmed on for years and it is leaving young women feeling insecure and ugly when they are truly beautiful no matter the tone of their skin. As if the cultural history behind what makes light skinned women beautiful is not troubling enough, the consequences of skin bleaching can extend much father than emotions and self-esteem. Doctors are releasing warning after warning to inform the public that skin bleaching creams cause blood and skin cancer. They also lead to skin burns, other various forms of skin damage.

About Audrey Wilson

American, b. 1987, Columbus, OH, United States, based in Washington, DC, United States